This is Ford's decoder, but it may not work on anything older than '95: http://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenanc...ls/default.asp
You can call or e-mail them and they'll research your truck free & send you a build sheet. I have a link to more detailed instructions somewhere...
I just happen to have a set of 84 manuals, so, here goes: 1FTCF15H3EPB20079
1FT: Manufacturer: Ford Moror Company, USA Make: Ford Type: Truck (complete vehicle)
C: Brake System: Hydraulic, GVWR Class: Class C GVWR Range: 4001-5000 LBS
F15: Line: F-Series Series: F150 Chassis Type: 4x2 Cab or Body Type: Pickup, Regular Cab Vehicle Type: Truck
H: Displacement: Litre: 6.1 CID: 370 Cylinders: 8 Fuel: Gas Manufacturer: Ford
This is not right, the 370 is a big truck engine, and, H is a heavy truck engine code, not a light.
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E: Model year 1984
P: Asssembly Plant: Twin Cities
B20079: Production Sequence Number
Actually, the 370 was available in these trucks- it looks just like a 460, no external differences aside from a 2BBL carb. If you think you have a 460 2BBL, you have a 370 ( )
These are the most underpowered dog engines out there. In a big truck, I would rather have a 300-6. I drove a 12,900lb. F-600 a while back, loaded to gvw (actually 13,100lb!) and it would not do highway speed. Barely even do 45, and even then it would die on the hills. I mean about 25-26mph.
Thanks to all for your replies and information. I've only been on this site for a few weeks but am grateful to all the help and good discussions.
I got my 84' last summer from someone who had it sitting for 4 years and only put 65 miles on it. The truck has 43,000 mls on it now and is original with a "351HO" stamp on the air cleaner.
The truck is in pretty good running order except for the nagging, what seems to be, carburator problems. Runs great once warm, but a challenge to get going in the cold. The carb seems to be getting too much fuel, as someone mentioned in an e-mail a week or so ago said. I did replace the electronic choke. I think it needs a new or re-built carb, but I've got to save up for that.
Long live Ford trucks!
Ok, that explains it, the 351W HO was a mid year change, and my manuals were printed in Sept. 83......
As for the carb, stock on a 351W HO is a 600 FM 4180 Holley vac. secondary 4bbl.... I'd offer tuning advice, but, I've never had any luck with 'em... I replaced the one on my 460 with an Edelbrock....
Ford_Six: That's what I meant by it being a heavy truck engine, I should have written medium/heavy truck engine, as the F/B/C 600 are all medium duty. The 460 wasn't offered in heavy truck trim, only the 370 and 429, with both being avalable in 2bbl and 4bbl trim....
Chuck: Thanks, you give me more credit than I deserve, this is the kind of thing I do for something to do...
Would it be hard to switch from the current/original Holley to another brand with my current intake manifold set up? Someone also said it may be better to start with a new carb and not a re-built one.
Thanks again for the info.
Any square bore 4bbl carb will bolt to the manifold. I went from Holley to Edelbrock on my 460, and, it only needed a new, longer fuel line, the carb came with the proper ball stud for the thottle, and hooked right up to the linkage without any modifications.